Archinect - News 2014-04-16T18:44:38-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/97583068/3-d-printing-market-predicted-to-grow-to-16-2-billion-by-2018 3-D printing market predicted to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-08T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T16:21:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eo4sjnfpgeuuftkp.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The size of the [3-D printing] market ... is expected to grow to $3.8 billion this year and soar to $16.2 billion globally by 2018. [...] "This is a market with enormous growth potential now that the main barriers to up-take are being addressed," Shepherd said. "As it matures, there is clear and substantial potential across numerous sectors, such as engineering and architecture, aerospace and defense, and medical ... for 3-D printing to have a dramatic impact within five years."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97190063/shanghai-company-3-d-prints-village-of-humble-concrete-homes Shanghai Company 3-D Prints Village of Humble Concrete Homes Archinect 2014-04-03T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T10:50:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19b51852ff05b61bbbed379d4d4c5c05.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Shanghai building company has erected a small village of pitched-roof, 3-D printed structures&mdash;in about a day. WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co is behind the series of humble buildings, which each cost less than $5,000 each. The homes were created through the use of a 490- by 33- by 20-foot 3-D printer that fabricates the basic components required for assembly.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2tpdtpqoy6l1qokj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96731623/work-begins-on-the-world-s-first-3d-printed-house Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house Alexander Walter 2014-03-28T18:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T09:37:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/646f312ae59221bb1546deb26f667242.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zero waste, lower transport costs and recyclable materials &ndash; is 3D-printing the future of housebuilding? Dutch architects are putting the process to the test for the first time in Amsterdam</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/90633842/editor-s-picks-349 Editor's Picks #349 Nam Henderson 2014-01-07T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T19:09:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6qbslnljfeowbp6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition in <strong>The Deans List</strong> interview series,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;spoke with Sarah Whiting, Dean of the Rice School of Architecture in Houston, Texas.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ur/ur3iitxjq4d4mq0r.jpg"><br><br><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/89831244/the-deans-list-sarah-whiting-of-rice-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Therein</a>, Dean Whiting discussed her belief that one of "<em>the biggest challenge faced by any architect today is how not to get squelched by ridiculously low budgets and a lack of understanding of architecture&rsquo;s value</em>", the unique Preceptorship year a signature part of RSA&rsquo;s undergraduate program and their new one-year Master of Arts in Architecture program called Present Future.</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> was super-impressed "<em>Wow, awesome interview and program sounds so great. It sounds like an intense and focused community yet one that respects each individual's passions and small areas if interest. Plus I LOVE that it offers a BArch with a year of internship! Great model</em>".</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90315283/a-new-l-a-identity-takes-shape-in-2013-as-city-embraces-urban-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking back on 2013, Christopher Hawthorne architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times wrote</a> "<em>it suggests that the idea around which I organized my r...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88213328/your-phone-could-soon-become-a-3d-scanner Your phone could soon become a 3D scanner Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-06T13:49:00-05:00 >2013-12-11T09:58:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3yfsf29i4icjehgy.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of us have gotten used to smartphones replacing long-established devices such as cameras and music players. Soon, however, they might be taking over the duties of something that is itself an emerging technology &ndash; the 3D scanner. Researchers at ETH Zurich have created an app that allows an ordinary smartphone to capture and display three-dimensional models of real-world objects, for subsequent finessing or even 3D printing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85442238/wired-gets-sn-hetta-shop-and-som-to-push-the-limits-of-lego Wired gets Snøhetta, SHoP and SOM to push the limits of LEGO Archinect 2013-10-31T12:33:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:17:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be299e348e60889c61d57d1b946dfd4e.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a freewheeling round of discussions, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s New York office settled on a unique challenge: building a Lego structure that captured the plastic bricks&rsquo; unique relationship to gravity. &ldquo;A Lego building has a lightness that a real building doesn&rsquo;t have to contend with,&rdquo; says Craig Dykers, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s co-founder. &ldquo;We thought wouldn&rsquo;t it be interesting to capture the feeling of gravity in a Lego block, where gravity actually has very little influence in many ways on its structure...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bxt5rjmfe42b815v.jpg" title=""><em>Snohetta found a delicate equilibrium with this boomerang-shaped tower. Photo: Gregory Reid</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ka/ka2eclyd7fayo3ek.jpg" title=""><br><em>SOM froze its unique LEGO infrastructure in a solid block of ice. Photo: Zack Burris</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85370662/dataappeal-s-new-app-helps-turn-data-into-3d-images DataAppeal's new app helps turn data into 3D images Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-30T14:53:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T13:51:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1rb13l7kiuozx2c.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>DataAppeal&rsquo;s newest release allows our 3D data-maps to be imported into other 3D modeling and vector-based software programs including AutoCAD, Sketch Up and 3ds Max.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A vast improvement from histograms and scatter plots, data analytics and visualization company <a href="http://www.dataappeal.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DataAppeal</a>&nbsp;now enables its users to export their data into other modeling softwares.&nbsp;DataAppeal's Nadia Amoroso (featured in Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/71075299/working-out-of-the-box-nadia-amoroso" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>&nbsp;back in April) told Archinect that this will essentially make the data appear more lively, consequently making it easier to understand and more impactful.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/azq3pmbvk18b0kyu.jpg" title=""><br><em>3D printing done by &ldquo;Draft Print 3D&rdquo; Toronto-based company</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84988904/out-of-hand-a-survey-of-computer-assisted-art ‘Out of Hand,’ a Survey of Computer-Assisted Art Alexander Walter 2013-10-25T14:47:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T20:22:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7c25d13a45e357f3d131198a16f235ea.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you haven&rsquo;t quite wrapped your head around the concept of 3-D printing, or haven&rsquo;t yet had a digital scanner wrap itself around you, now you can do both in &ldquo;Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital,&rdquo; at the Museum of Arts and Design. [...] And while visionary design shows like that of MoMA are entrancing, there&rsquo;s something to be said for a more down-to-earth, production-focused exhibition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81600603/the-mebotics-microfactory-could-be-the-next-step-in-3-d-printing-technology The Mebotics "Microfactory" could be the next step in 3-D printing technology Justine Testado 2013-09-11T15:06:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:59:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qm/qmdpe9ojph4lpxkb.jpg" width="514" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Like any other technological device currently out there, newer 3-D printing machines aim to out-do the competition and take things to the next level. Enter <a href="http://www.mebotics.com/microfactory.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mebotics LLC</a>, a group of four friends who spent the past year building the Microfactory. Becoming known as "the world's first Machine Shop in a Box", the Microfactory combines additive and subtractive manufacturing into the same machine.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmdl1rtdf3dtj49n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Aside from 3-D printing up to four colors and with multiple materials, the Microfactory can do other tasks like cut wood and precisely mill and etch parts into shapes--even something as intricate as a circuitboard. Its noise-reducing housing and WiFi connectivity also makes it possible for the machine to be operated anywhere, anytime.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rq3c5txwzk4s8fj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Other features include a shop-vac hose enabling the machine to "clean up after itself" as it operates, a full on-board computer, and industry standard built-in software. And to no surprise, the hybrid-manufacturing machine ain't cheap, with preorder pric...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81150050/model-a-short-film-exploring-the-future-of-model-building "MODEL" - a short film exploring the future of model building Archinect 2013-09-05T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:47:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t1/t11zmavvj1gynyxh.jpg" width="514" height="220" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A couple of years ago, I took a temp job assisting an architectural model builder. It was an intense experience - meticulously crafting delicate materials into structural works of art. I became fascinated with the craftsmanship and artistic ability that goes into this work. The advent of 3D printing - as exciting as it is - poses a problem for this art form. If a machine can spit out a 3D version of a building, is the era of model-making coming to an end?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81071153/nasa-looks-to-robots-and-3d-printers-for-huge-self-constructing-orbiting-structures NASA looks to robots and 3D printers for huge, self-constructing, orbiting structures Archinect 2013-09-04T18:09:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T18:10:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2ba6d0c08443fef4616dbe121113bec.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead of specially engineering spacecraft components to fit into a rocket, NASA could densely pack materials like fiber and polymer into existing spacecraft and create the components while orbiting the planet. This cuts down on cost and opens up the possibility for larger spacecraft.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80376638/world-s-first-3d-printed-architectural-structure World’s First 3D Printed Architectural Structure Archinect 2013-08-26T14:36:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T13:05:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/uj3spira6rfxh3yr.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Created by Smith|Allen Studio, an Oakland based architecture firm, the 10ft x 10ft x 8ft form adds a decidedly artificial element to the otherwise organic forest it calls home. However, despite its appearance, the Echoviren is quite environmentally friendly. Printed from a PLA bioplastic, the structure will naturally decompose back into the forest in 30-50 years. According to Smith|Allen &ldquo;"As [Echoviren] weathers it will become a micro-habitat for insects, moss, and birds."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80158350/magical-sesame-ring-opens-gates-of-public-transit Magical Sesame Ring opens gates of public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-25T00:44:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:16:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yp/yp0213b8c177zd7o.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The days of rummaging frantically for the card that gets us onto public transit may be over. A team of engineers from MIT has created the 3D-printed "Sesame Ring," which has an embedded RFID tag that lets you tap it to a RFID-based fare reader and hop on.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Syncing public transit and wearable technology, the waterproof Sesame Ring can be used in place of the Charlie Card, Boston's mass transit smart card. Available in customizable colors and sizes, the first batch of $17 rings have already sold out, but their <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1066401427/sesame-ring-where-will-it-take-you" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> will ensure that you get yours by Christmas.</p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80141432/mit-accelerates-multi-material-3d-printing-software" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More 3D-printing technology from MIT</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80147884/live-in-your-sneakers-mobile-housing-s-next-step" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wearable architecture</a> to go with your Sesame Ring.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80141432/mit-accelerates-multi-material-3d-printing-software MIT accelerates multi-material 3D printing software Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-23T17:40:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T11:56:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6l/6lj93h4zg75odbgf.jpg" width="514" height="186" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The breakthrough not only allows an object made up of many different materials to be printed, but also lets the user change the look and feel of a single material used to print an object. It's possible to print an object with hard and compressible sections out of a single material, even if the raw material isn't flexible in itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Now you can 3D print a single object with multiple materials and varying densities, thanks to MIT's <a href="http://www.csail.mit.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)</a>. Through an adapted software called Spec2Fab, the designer can specify precisely which materials are to be used in each part of the printed object.</p> <p> As if MIT isn't impressive enough, check out their work with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79607750/if-you-think-3d-printing-is-disruptive-wait-for-4d" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4D printing</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79607750/if-you-think-3d-printing-is-disruptive-wait-for-4d If You Think 3D Printing Is Disruptive, Wait for 4D Archinect 2013-08-16T14:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:29:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c0002b3bf0e8f494cf8df9f1d96088a.jpg" width="359" height="239" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What 4D printing offers is the opportunity for objects to change, to adapt to their environment, to respond. Earlier this year, Skylar Tibbits, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Self-Assembly Lab, created a bit of a stir with his talk on 4D printing. &ldquo;We are looking at the ability to program physical and biological materials to change shape, change properties and even compute outside of silicon-based matter,&rdquo; Mr. Tibbits told the TED conference in February.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77773295/3d-printing-will-explode-in-2014-thanks-to-the-expiration-of-key-patents 3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents Archinect 2013-07-23T20:52:00-04:00 >2013-07-23T20:52:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91f8d44e2c48aed6197a8bad015c424e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s holding back 3D printing, the technology that&rsquo;s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3D printing company Shapeways.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/76897845/ebay-releases-ebay-exact-a-print-on-demand-marketplace-for-the-iphone eBay releases eBay Exact, a print-on-demand marketplace for the iPhone Archinect 2013-07-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2013-07-16T12:27:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/dd2543547ae28b5dd3cf63f7cfbfe600.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With our first foray into 3D printing technology, we have partnered with Sculpteo, MakerBot, and Hot Pop Factory who are leaders in 3D printing technology to hand-select a range of special products including, iPhone cases, figurines, and jewelry.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The app is available for download from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ebay-exact/id668835478?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76251969/the-future-is-here-a-new-industrial-revolution-coming-to-london-s-design-museum “The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution” Coming to London’s Design Museum Alexander Walter 2013-07-01T18:53:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T21:20:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0q/0qyoedbk5otcg3qu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This summer, the Design Museum in London will be offering a glimpse into the future of fabrication and manufacturing with The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution, a major new exhibition about the sweeping changes in manufacturing that are transforming our world.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related news on Archinect:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74724612/the-race-to-build-the-first-3d-printed-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to build the first 3D-printed building</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74593063/3d-printing-expert-lists-the-reasons-why-he-thinks-the-technology-is-overhyped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing expert lists the reasons why he thinks the technology is overhyped</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74178365/an-insider-s-view-of-the-myths-and-truths-of-the-3-d-printing-phenomenon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An Insider's View of the Myths and Truths of the 3-D Printing 'Phenomenon'</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/75716528/chicago-public-library-maker-space-branch-to-open-lab-with-3-d-printers-laser-cutters-more Chicago Public Library 'Maker Space': Branch To Open Lab With 3-D Printers, Laser Cutters & More Alexander Walter 2013-06-21T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-07-06T07:52:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a652cd3e58639c4eac9aba90ddac561a.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Libraries have long been the haven of readers, but now the Chicago Public Library is making their main branch a haven for makers. As part of the CPL's innovation lab, the Harold Washington branch will open its free "maker space" July 8. Crain's Chicago Business describes it as a "pop-up fabrication lab will offer the public access to 3-D printers, laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter as well as a variety of supporting design software."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75004861/editor-s-picks-319 Editor's Picks # 319 Nam Henderson 2013-06-11T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-06-11T18:51:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cn/cnf963f139lii3pv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rh9wiiui4vhkvwt3.jpg"></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a>&nbsp;spoke with Ali Jeevanjee and Ben Anderson from the <a href="http://fluxfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flux Foundation</a>, an Oakland based organization dedicated to producing large scale public art via a collaborative process. To this end they installed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73629983/the-sidewalk-s-end-by-flux-foundation-for-coachella-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk's End at this year&rsquo;s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California, back in April 2013</a>.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over at the LA Times Christopher Hawthorne reported on LACMA's unfurled Peter Zumthor's design</a>. Mr. Hawthorne wrote "<em>Still a work in progress, the design is full of gestures that are more speculative, even searching, than fully formed. One crucial element that remains under-developed is how it will feel to walk beneath the museum's raised main floor &mdash; and how the underside of the building will be clad or look as seen from the ground. (In such a large, dark piece of architecture it will be important to keep that space from feeling cave-like.) The plan so far has little to say about landscape architecture</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2532608/gregory-walker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a>&nbsp;had a few questions "<em>is this really any ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74724612/the-race-to-build-the-first-3d-printed-building The race to build the first 3D-printed building Archinect 2013-06-06T19:02:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T20:43:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/41945e45fd0b7089fb4cd555c81e84f5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture has a habit of adapting its aesthetics to new technologies, whether consciously or unconsciously. Some of the most beautiful buildings of the Industrial Revolution -- the cantilever Forth Bridge, for example -- were designed by engineers, not architects, for example. Architecture quickly absorbed the idea of buildings that reflected their purpose.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/74593063/3d-printing-expert-lists-the-reasons-why-he-thinks-the-technology-is-overhyped 3D printing expert lists the reasons why he thinks the technology is overhyped Archinect 2013-06-04T20:17:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:13:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8af7ea36111d8a2983120c78370363d8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is the future! And it is, in some respects &mdash; it&rsquo;s going to open so many things up in the world. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean to say that you will do it yourself or that it will decentralize manufacturing, like the hype seems to suggest. So, no revolution? The main issue lies with raised expectations, build quality, price and usability. So here we go, my list of reasons 3D printing isn&rsquo;t all you think it&rsquo;s cracked up to be.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/74178365/an-insider-s-view-of-the-myths-and-truths-of-the-3-d-printing-phenomenon An Insider's View of the Myths and Truths of the 3-D Printing 'Phenomenon' Archinect 2013-05-29T15:34:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:11:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d599bba61915d2c6d910eadb4b7341b3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Never before have we had a technology where we can so freely translate our ideas into a tangible object with little regard to the machinery or skills available. Yet just as the microwave didn&rsquo;t replace all other forms of cooking as initially predicted, 3-D printing will not replace other manufacturing technologies let alone industrial-scale ones for a variety of reasons. It will complement them.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/74062119/editor-s-picks-317 Editor's Picks #317 Nam Henderson 2013-05-28T19:03:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T19:03:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91l46uh0jdb8tphg.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest edition of Working out of the Box: Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning who is currently seeking funding for A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo. @bawshaw commented "@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career"...Yet Connely Farr disagreed "@ LandMass - yep. you sound like an ass".</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73718716/working-out-of-the-box-larraine-henning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect interviewed Larraine Henning</a> who is currently seeking funding for <strong>A Practical Guide to Squatting on Indiegogo</strong>. <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-practical-guide-to-squatting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy a copy of the book &ldquo;A Practical Guide to Squatting&rdquo;, and help support independent art and promote the squatting movement!</a>&nbsp;During the interview, she reflected "<em>I think the most valuable thing architecture school bestowed upon me was tolerance and persistence...School taught me to bear conviction and purpose with whatever project I take on, to be earnest and to take judgement in stride</em>"...</p> <p> <strong>@bawshaw</strong> commented "<em>@LandMass - agreed. although the thesis is interesting, this is not out of the box in terms of a career. half of my graduating class ended up taking similar paths; more as a product of the recession than anything else. these paths may be alternative to the modern career, but not to architecture specifically. i do applaud her for doing what she believes in</em>".</p> <p> Yet <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/18704843/connely-farr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Connely Farr</a>&nbsp;disagreed "<em>@ LandMass - yep. ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72714152/cities-of-the-future-built-by-drones-bacteria-and-3-d-printers Cities Of The Future, Built By Drones, Bacteria, And 3-D Printers Nam Henderson 2013-05-08T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T18:54:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfxkoqjl9aor9uoh.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>*This screed is awesomely entertaining and full of cool links, even though it&rsquo;s almost entirely implausible..There&rsquo;s also the occasional built-from-scratch Brasilia. So, some people might build a city like this in some central-planned, high-tech rush, before realizing that urban drones, bacteria, and 3DPrinters are fated to become as old-fashioned and pokey as swoopy, Space Age Brasilia is right now. - Bruce Sterling</p></em><br /><br /><p> As part of the <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/section/futurist-forum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Futurist Forum</a> series, Chris Arkenberg composed some vignettes, suggestive of how urban architecture(s) could transform from than the rigid construction methodologies of today, the result being that "<em>Architecture will lose its formal rigidity, softening and flexing and getting closer to the life we see in plants</em>".</p> <p> h/t Bruce Sterling <a href="http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2013/05/architecture-fiction-urban-drones-bacteria-and-3dprinters/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72421827/staples-announces-they-will-be-the-first-major-u-s-retailer-to-sell-3d-printers Staples announces they will be the first major U.S. retailer to sell 3D Printers Archinect 2013-05-03T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:51:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6k9fujwsgk25dlfy.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Staples, the world&rsquo;s largest office products company and second largest e-commerce company, today became the first major U.S. retailer to announce the availability of 3D printers. The Cube&reg; 3D Printer from 3D Systems, a leading global provider of 3D content-to-print solutions, is immediately available on Staples.com for $1299.99 and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores by the end of June.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69078610/autodesk-partners-with-makerbot-but-really-wants-to-make-its-own-hardware Autodesk Partners With MakerBot, But Really Wants to Make Its Own Hardware Archinect 2013-03-08T19:02:00-05:00 >2013-03-12T16:45:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0b4953ade8fe00aa7de0271ac6244f4.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carl Bass, who&rsquo;s helmed the $2 billion corporation since 2006, admits that the delineation between building virtual and physical products is eroding, and that has created opportunities for companies who have traditionally focused on developing and selling software. &ldquo;It used to be that it was this unwritten rule that software companies don&rsquo;t do hardware, and vice versa,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;but I think the rules are changing&hellip;. It totally would be fun. I personally would love it.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68049378/3d-printing-for-the-masses-with-3doodler-pen 3D printing for the masses with 3Doodler pen Archinect 2013-02-21T13:12:00-05:00 >2013-02-24T18:56:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f3090b3f957f78fe6ac5c3eb99233dc.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea behind the 3Doodler is that it takes the core functionality of a 3D printer, essentially an extruder and a heat source, and jams it into a pen-shaped handheld device. Loaded with either ABS or PLA plastic, common feedstock for traditional 3D printers, the 3Doodler "prints" plastic objects by letting you draw them in freehand in three-dimensional space.</p></em><br /><br /><p> With a funding goal of $30,000, the <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351910088/3doodler-the-worlds-first-3d-printing-pen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3Doodler Kickstarter project</a> has already raked in almost 1.2 million dollars from over 13,000 backers. And you're definitely not too late to get in on the funding party&mdash;the project has 31 more days to go.</p> <p> What are your immediate thoughts of architectural applications for the 3Doodler? Let us know in the comment section below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66633417/foster-partners-works-with-european-space-agency-to-3d-print-structures-on-the-moon Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon Archinect 2013-01-31T13:07:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T20:12:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dl/dlfazlhfswoj8d68.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners is part of a consortium set up by the ESA to explore the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as building matter.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The practice has designed a lunar base to house four people, which can offer protection from meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations. The base is first unfolded from a tubular module that can be transported by space rocket. An inflatable dome then extends from one end of this cylinder to provide a support structure for construction. Layers of regolith are then built up over the dome by a robot-operated 3D printer to create a protective shell.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mvwfxe7tw6ulbyl3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> To ensure strength while keeping the amount of binding &ldquo;ink&rdquo; to a minimum, the shell is made up of a hollow closed cellular structure similar to foam. The geometry of the structure was designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with consortium partners &ndash; it is groundbreaking in demonstrating the potential of 3D printing to create structures that are close to natural biological systems.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7hwszh0iylfe4zb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Simulated lunar soil has been used to create a 1.5 tonne mockup and 3D printing tests have been undertaken at a smaller sca...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66291050/discovery-channel-covers-enrico-dini-the-man-who-wants-to-print-buildings Discovery Channel covers Enrico Dini, 'the man who wants to print buildings' Archinect 2013-01-26T11:19:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:07:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11a6e2cac8b3523cfcc0ffee95165999.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Discovery Channel has aired a segment which gets behind the massive 3D printer D-Shape, designed by Italian inventor Enrico Dini and his company Monolite UK with the eventual aim of "printing buildings." The short film describes Dini's childhood obsession with building sandcastles, taking the viewer through the process of conceiving and designing D-Shape, which uses thin layers of bonded sand to build up its constructions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>